Looking for things to do this week in NYC, or even today? Scroll no further, we’ve found perfectly selected events and happenings that you should check out! From brand new museum exhibitions to the best winter activities, there’s so much to do! Here’s Secret NYC’s picks for the best things to do in NYC before the weekend rolls around:
New York Botanical Garden’s 2024 edition of The Orchid Show is officially open, and this year’s show is titled Florals in Fashion. It’s inspired by the crossover between the botanical world and fashion, highlighting visionary designers that fuse florals, nature conservation and fashion together into a dazzling installation. Get ready to walk the runway because it’s open now! Learn more about The NYBG Orchid Show here.
2. Four Seasons of Central Park
A brand new NYC-themed exhibit just opened up at the Museum of the City of New York called Four Seasons of Central Park, which you should check out this week. They’re 4 watercolor masterpieces of the iconic Central Park, crafted by New York artist Frederick Brosen. Capturing the landmark across summer, fall, winter, and spring, these paintings “capture a year in some of the most historic places in this verdant urban masterpiece.” Learn more about the exhibit here.
3. Astra Lumina
Take a celestial walk this week through NYC’s most stunning visual installation right now, Astra Lumina. Located in the Queens Botanical Garden, you can stroll among the twinkling lights and atmospheric soundscapes to have an other-worldly experience! If you want to feel like you’re walking amongst the stars, you have to check it out. Tickets start at just $24 and you can purchase them here.
A brand new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum opened this past weekend, and it’s straight from the collection of music icons Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys! Giants is a collection of works straight from the pair’s personal vault, which highlights works by Black diasporic artists including Gordon Parks, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many more! Learn more about Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys here.
5. La Paulée Festival
NYC wine lovers rejoice, because this Friday, February 23, you’ll be able to taste of France’s revered Burgundy region at the annual La Paulée Festival. This event in Brooklyn will allow you to taste test over over 100 wines from all the major appellations throughout Burgundy, including Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâcon, and Beaujolais, as well as several Aligotés.
Plus, there will also be bites served up by some of New York top restaurants and purveyors, including Contento, Lalou, SommTime Wine Bar, Gotham Burger Social Club, and Gourmet Attitude. It’s a must-attend event if you’re a wine lover or aspiring sommelier. Tickets start at $150 for the evening and more info here.
The beloved romance The Notebook has officially hit Broadway and it’s one of our must-hit shows to see right now. Just as timeless as the book and film, it tells the tale of two lovers who are forced to separate before finding themselves together once again. It’s romantic, it’s heartwarming, and it’s excellently adapted. There are showings starting on Wednesday, and you can learn more about how to get tickets here.
7. Bongo’s Bingo
UK phenomenon Bongo’s Bingo is officially touching down state-side this Friday and Saturday at The Music Hall of Willamsburg! If you’re unfamiliar with this event, Bongo’s Bingo is the “most talked about night out” and features amazing music, crazy and nostalgic prizes, en masse Karaoke, rave rounds, dance-offs, the odd pink unicorn and Henry Hoover, audience participation and – of course – plenty of bingo. Think of it as bingo meets rave meets socializing event. Learn more about Bongo’s Bingo and grab tickets here.
8. Amateur Night at The Apollo
Legendary Harlem venue The Apollo Theater is hosting their 90th anniversary of the theater’s signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo on Wednesday! The season opener will feature a dynamic new group of artists who will battle it out in one of NYC’s most famous talent shows for a $20,o00 grand prize. Over the years the event series has launched the careers of stars like Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, and H.E.R (just to name a few), so you don’t want to miss it! Learn more about Amateur Night at The Apollo and grab tickets here.
10. Black History Month at Apple SoHo
Looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month this week? Head to the Apple Store in SoHo on Tuesday at 6:30 pm for a live performance from iconic contemporary ballet company LINES Ballet! The performance is part of Today at Apple’s Black History Month series that amplifies the work of Black artists, innovators and art spaces. RSVP to the event here.
11. Genius: MLK/X
To celebrate Black History Month, The Paley Museum is currently showcasing an exhibit that explores the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X via National Geographic’s Emmy-winning Genius anthology series, Genius: MLK/X. Featuring authentic costumes, props, and set decorations from the series, visitors can get an immersive drop into the heart of the 1960s Civil Rights movement portrayed in the show. Learn more about the Genius: MLK/X exhibit here.
12. QCirque of Wonders
What could be better than a spa day with some entertainment?! Beloved Governors Island spa QC NY is continuing to host its unique outdoor winter show Qcirque of Wonders. It’s a dreamy poolside light show and a thrilling fire performance that you can watch as you relax in QC New York’s heated pool overlooking the iconic Manhattan skyline. It’s happening on Tuesdays and Friday nights from 5 – 8:30 pm! Learn more here.
13. Pink Pier at Watermark
Spend a weeknight at the pinkest place around town! The Pink Pier at Watermark is in full swing, and it’s the perfect place to grab a mid-week romantic meal. Of course you’ll be immersed in the color all around, but you’ll also be welcomed to a 3 course dining experience that includes chalet or igloo-style seating, plus more. Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the lover’s arch too! Learn more about Pink Pier here.
14. Women Dressing Women at The Met
We highly recommend one of our favorite museum exhibits right now, which is Women Dressing Women at The Met. The installation celebrates over 70 womenswear designers from 1910 – present day. It explores the creativity and artistic legacy of women fashion designers like Jeanne Lanvin, Ann Lowe, Iris van Herpen, and more. Learn more about Women Dressing Women here.
Get ready to spin, bump, and glide to your heart’s content at Bryant Park! Their annual bumper cars on ice have returned and there are time slots available all week long. Tickets range from $20-25, and grant riders a 10 minute ride during their time slot. Learn more about the experience and book your tickets to Bryant Park Bumper Cars here.
16. Broadway Shows
The theater is always alive during the week, with nearly every Broadway show offering weekday performances. From Aladdin to The Book of Mormon, there’s many options to choose from. Check out every show that’s playing on Broadway this week here.
Looking for something free to do this week? We recommend checking out the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, who offers pay-as-you-wish admission during weekdays. Currently, some winter highlights you can check out include the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Aquatic House and Orchid Collection, the Rock Garden, and so much more. Learn more about the Brooklyn Botanical Garden here!
18. Treat yourself at Bathhouse
Speaking of a little self-care, try booking a time at the brand new Bathhouse, which recently opened in Flatiron. Home to six heated pools, steam room, Russian style banya, and three saunas, it’s the perfect relaxation cure to get you through your work week. Learn more about the brand new location and plan a visit to Bathhouse here!
Even though the Super Bowl is now over and the Kansas City Chiefs are champions again, there’s still time to check out this cool exhibit showcasing the big game in all its glory! Beyond the Big Game at the Paley Center is home to tons of Super Bowl memorabilia, collectibles, nostalgic commercials, and so much more. If you’re a fan of the game you’ve got to check this out! Learn more about Beyond the Big Game here.
20. The Winter Chalet at Hotel Indigo Williamsburg
Cozy into Hotel Indigo Williamsburg’s brand new Winter Chalet this week, where you can soak in the vibes of an après ski paradise. Channeling the chic, iconic getaways of St. Moritz and the Swiss Alps, guests can order festive cocktails and fondue (plus more) while lounging out in the ultimate alpine setting. It’s the ultimate winter treat. Learn more about the experience here.